Barcelona wins after Messi goals, Real Madrid stays top

Barcelona wins after Messi goals, Real Madrid stays top

FC Barcelona's Luis Suarez reacts after scoring during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

With nine matches remaining for Barcelona, can the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez do something memorable that takes the title from the grasp of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Zinedine Zidane?

Suarez made no such mistake as he caught Messi s deflected cross flush with an overhead kick to break the deadlock with his 31st goal of the season.

"Being a striker you always know where the goal is and where the ball is to be able to find the net", the Uruguayan told reporters after the game.

That double brought him up to 51, a strike-rate of more than a goal a game.

Luis Suarez scored with a bicycle kick and Lionel Messi struck twice within the next eight minutes on his return to action as Barcelona won 3-0 to stay in pursuit of its third straight league title.

Messi subsequently missed Argentina's loss to Bolivia in La Paz and was then suspended for Barca's win over Granada at the weekend because he picked up his fifth yellow card before the global break. Sergi Roberto will likely join the midfield at times with Messi also dropping into the slightly deeper number ten role and adding support to his front two also.

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Messi, who has now scored 43 goals in 41 matches for Barcelona this season, was playing his first game in almost two weeks.

Sevilla dropped out of the top three in La Liga for the first time since November after being held to a goalless draw at home on Sunday by relegation-fighting Sporting Gijon, dropping points for the fourth consecutive league game. The Andalusians have really hit a awful run of form and come into this game without a win in 5 matches, having failed to see off lowly Sporting Gijon at home at the weekend.

Luis Enrique insists that he will take a sabbatical for a minimum of a year following his departure from Camp Nou.

"Barca don t need many chances to score".

The result saw Barcelona go top of the table, but only temporarily, after Real Madrid beat Leganes later on Wednesday to return to the summit.

Meanwhile, this will likely be the final dagger in Sampaoli's faltering hopes of replacing Enrique, who is departing Barcelona after the season.

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